Meechai and Gebauer win 2014 mixed doubles national title

By Terry Kolesar | Dec. 10, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)
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Dec. 8, 2013

Meechai-Gebauer rink wins 2014 USA Curling Mixed Doubles Championship in Medford

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - A brand new champion was crowned today as Joyance Meechai (New York City) and teammate Steve Gebauer (Minneapolis, Minn.) defeated the defending champions to win the 2014 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in Medford, Wis.

"It really was a thrilling event," Meechai said. "We had great competition throughout the week, and we hope we kept our audiences entertained! Our goal for the tournament was to just keep learning and improving from one game to the next. It truly is an honor to win the championship and become Team USA. The event coordinators, organizers, ice crew and support staff were all amazing. The Medford crew were a well-run machine and extremely gracious hosts at the same time."

It took an extra end to dethrone the champions - Pete and Maureen Stolt of Plymouth, Minn. - at the Medford Curling Club this afternoon as Meechai and Gebauer scored a single point in the overtime to secure the 7-6 victory. This is the first national championship title for the pair. They will be nominated to represent the U.S. at the 2014 World Mixed Doubles Championship, which will take place April 22-29 in Dumfries, Scotland.

The Stolts stole two points in the third end to grab the game's momentum and a momentary 3-1 lead. It was short-lived however, as leads can be in mixed doubles with all the rocks normally in play. Meechai and Gebauer struck for three points in the fourth end and added a single steal in the fourth to advance their lead to two points. The Minnesota couple tied the game with a deuce in the sixth and had the game where they wanted it in the eighth end with last rock. However, the 2013 champs could only score the single point and Meechai and Gebauer got one more chance with the final stone in the ninth end to win the tournament. 

Final results can be found at www.usacurl.org. 

Championship final, game score:
Meechai-Gebauer 100 310 101 - 7
Stolt-Stolt 012 002 010 - 6 

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).

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